The first 2011/12 Streetwise Leadership weekend took place at Smallwood Manor, in Uttoxeter from December 16h – 19th.
The event was well attended with 90 participants and members of staff. A 15-strong team of leaders ensured a fantastic atmosphere, the smooth running of the weekend and an enjoyable and fun range of activities. Throughout the weekend, participants from Birmingham, Kent, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Southend-on-Sea, and all across London took part in Shabbat services, games, activities about Ideology, Israel and Judaism.
The Streetwise Leadership programme offers its participants the choice of two separate accredited courses; Community Leadership, accredited by the National Open College Network via JLGB and Sports Leadership, accredited by Sports Leaders UK.
The weekend was a great success, with visits from the Israeli Maccabi Tzair Torch Relay delegation and the UJIA Shaliach in Manchester. The activities ranged from wide games – a scare fair and capture the flag - to social justice in Israel and the UK, to the ideology of the organisation in a Twitter debate programme. A Sunday night programme on the topic of the Paralympic games was planned and delivered by the oldest Leadership age group, who enthusiastically introduced the topic of disability sport to the other participants and offered an insightful view on the work of Maccabi GB and its Enable project.
Nathan Servi, Leadership Manager, said, “Having managed the Leadership programme for two years now, we have seen incredible achievements on behalf of the leaders’ team and the development of the programme. The variety of the activities was of the highest quality and both Community and Sports courses were run with professionalism and very high educational standards.”
The Streetwise Leadership programme’s future events will be ‘Hands-on’ events during February and March and participation in the Maccabi GB Community Fun Run in May. The programme will be concluded with the Graduation Weekend in June 2012.